Removing dead mailing lists from Mailman

Removing dead mailing lists from Mailman

I first starting writing about mailing lists in February 1999. The list
in question first started in April of that year. That is 9.5 years old
this month. But for the last few years, the list has fallen into disuse
and it was more than a year ago that I suggested the list be shut down.

The time has arrived. The archives will remain online, but the list
itself will disappear.

Remove the lists

This step removes the mailing lists from mailman:

[dan@nyi:/usr/local/mailman] $ sudo ./bin/rmlist adsl
Not removing archives.  Reinvoke with -a to remove them.
Removing list info
[dan@nyi:/usr/local/mailman] $ sudo ./bin/rmlist broadband
Not removing archives.  Reinvoke with -a to remove them.
Removing list info
[dan@nyi:/usr/local/mailman] $ sudo ./bin/rmlist adsl-chat
Not removing archives.  Reinvoke with -a to remove them.
Removing list info
[dan@nyi:/usr/local/mailman] $

I am not removing the archives. We’ll keep them around for a while.

Hmmm, I really expected there to be more to this. 🙂

Host URL error (added on 5 October 2008)

There was something more! Last night I discovered these issues with my
outgoing mail queue:

(host[] said: 451 <>... Sender domain must exist (in reply to MAIL FROM command))

It seems that the mailing list for this website
is ‘hosted’ by
(actually, it was in the domain, but I altered the mail address
above on purpose). This is a Mailman configuration item. I’m not yet sure
how to adjust that. I suspect Mailman Site administrator tasks
may hold my answer. Let’s go see.

NOTE: my short term solution to the above was to add the host back into my DNS.
The long term solution appears below

What are the list attributes? I found this command:

[root:/usr/local/mailman] # bin/config_list -o - freebsddiary-announce | less

In there, I found this:

# The "host_name" is the preferred name for email to mailman-related
# addresses on this host, and generally should be the mail host's
# exchanger address, if any.  This setting can be useful for selecting
# among alternative names of a host that has multiple addresses.
host_name = ''

This looks very straight forward. Change the value of host_name.
No, how to do that?

# bin/withlist -li freebsddiary-announce
Loading list freebsddiary-announce (locked)
The variable `m' is the freebsddiary-announce MailList instance
>>> print m.host_name
>>> m.host_name=''
>>> print m.host_name
>>> m.Save()
Unlocking (but not saving) list: freebsddiary-announce
# bin/config_list -o - freebsddiary-announce | grep


If all goes well with the next FreeBSDDiary announce mail-out, I’ll remove from DNS again.

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